Loague, Grigaitis to continue baseball careers as East Central College Falcons

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 8/10/22

Staying with it.

That is what former Owensville Dutchmen baseball players Gavin Loague and Dominic Grigaitis will look to do during the upcoming school year as members of the East Central College …

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Loague, Grigaitis to continue baseball careers as East Central College Falcons

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Staying with it.

That is what former Owensville Dutchmen baseball players Gavin Loague and Dominic Grigaitis will look to do during the upcoming school year as members of the East Central College (ECC) baseball team.

“These guys will have a chance to earn playing time right out of the game,” ECC head baseball coach Jonathan Mills said. “I’m excited to see what Gavin and Dominic can do to help us continue to have success.”

Fresh off a senior season that saw them help the Dutchmen to their first district title in 42 years, former Dutchmen head coach Tyler Ahring sees nothing but success ahead for Grigaitis and Loague.

“East Central College is getting two awesome young men in Gavin Loague and Dominic Grigaitis,” Ahring said. “I have a lot of confidence that both of them will go on to have a lot of success in life after high school.”

On the field during his senior season, Loague led the Dutchmen in batting average (.381), OPS (1.226), slugging percentage (.746), hits (24), doubles (9), home runs (4), runs batted in (22), runs scored (18), stolen bases (7) and walks (10).

“Gavin was always up there looking to do damage,” Ahring said. “If guys were on base, I felt like he gave us a great chance to bring them in to score.”

Grigaitis led the team in on-base percentage (.507) and hit-by-pitches (13).

“Both guys really love the game of baseball and both were very integral parts of bringing the first district baseball championship to Owensville in the last 42 years,” Ahring said. “Dominic was our leadoff bat and had a knack for finding a way to get on base.”

Loague’s best game from a statistical perspective came in late April against New Haven’s Shamrocks in what was also Military Appreciation Night.

Recording a season-high three hits against the Shamrocks, two of those were doubles with the third being one of his team-leading four home runs on the season.

Of his team-leading 22 RBIs, Loague drove in a season-high five of them against the Shamrocks.

Also patient at the plate, Loague led the team with 10 walks drawing two apiece in games against St. Clair, Helias and Sullivan.

Leading the team with a .507 on-base percentage, Grigaitis helped that number by being hit by a pitch a team-leading 13 times.

Of those 13 plunks, Grigaitis was hit by a pitch twice in games against St. Clair, Potosi and Waynesville.

Recording 16 hits good for third place on the team, the Dutchmen backstop had two hits in four games against Pacific, St. Clair, Hermann and Sullivan.

Of his four runs batted in, Grigaitis drove in half of them in the opening game of the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) preseason tournament against St. James.

Scoring seven runs, Dominic crossed the plate a season-high two times in alumni night baseball action against Potosi.

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